Post #74 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Last Trip – Caffcadia 2

Our lives change fast!  We made the decision after we delivered our freight in White Sands, NM to continue home and clean out the truck.  While still loaded we received a private message asking about buying our Freightliner from people we have known for many years.  We were thrilled they were interested as they both take excellent care of their equipment and we knew our truck would be going to a perfect home.  Kind of silly, but our truck had made us a lot of money, and it is a good dependable truck.  As we were getting home, the message was received that it was a done deal they were buying our truck.  Now the pressure was on us!

Bob Linda Cascadia

Preparing the truck for new owners

Our motto is to sell our vehicles in the best condition possible so the new owners would be ready to run and not have to do any maintenance. The truck would be full of fuel and full of DEF, all filters changed, oil changed, and a complete PM. Bob and I went to work taking everything we owned out of the truck except the Onspot Chains, dash cam, and the onboard camera system. The inside of the truck was cleaned from top to bottom, and Bob washed the outside. The wind was blowing something fierce, and it was raining off and on. I looked out the driver’s side windshield and saw what appeared to be a crack, and sure enough, we had a rock chip that had split about 6 inches. Now we made a desperate call to a company to come to replace the windshield. Luckily, they were able to do that job the next day. Bob then went about taking care of a few odds and ends he wanted replaced on the truck, and then we waited for the new owners to arrive.

Numbers tell no lies

While waiting, I closed out the Freightliner Cascadia, or affectionally called, Caffcadia 2, on my spreadsheets. Some impressive numbers when the truck sold; it had 506,507 miles on the odometer and the lifetime fuel mileage was 12.23. Total weight carried was 893,963 lbs. with an average load of 1943 lbs. The truck is capable of hauling a payload of 15,000, but we never did have to move that much freight. 

Mid America Truck Show (MATS)

Our trip this year to MATS will be in our pickup, and we are due to arrive in Louisville on Wednesday the 27th of March. It is very odd to pack everything we need and not forget something. It is the pits not to be able to run out to the truck and get the required item. 

Pickup

MATS is pretty exciting for us this year as we will not be in a booth and will be able to walk around and see the show. Our task for Freightliner Team Run Smart at this show is to interview and video drivers about why they like trucking and driving. These will be short clips of less than one minute. We will have a lot of fun with this. There are also meetings to attend, and specific booths we have to get by, at the top of the list will be the Onspot Booth!

Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,

       Bob & Linda.

See more from Bob and Linda at their Team Run Smart blog "On the Road with Bob and Linda Caffee"

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Linda Caffee

About Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing. Bob and Linda have become industry leaders by sharing their use of new technology and techniques to improve performance and living standards while on the road.

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